Enjoy Summer Reading!

TUSD asks students to read over the summer.  Some ELA teachers ask students to write about the books they have read as one of the first writing assignments in the Fall.  Here are the lists for this year.  Happy Reading!


Incoming 6th Grade Reading List

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (visual media)

The young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick (realistic fiction)

Bingo Brown and the Language of Love by Betsy Byars -(Realistic Fiction)

Colibri by Ann Cameron (realistic fiction)

Pen Dragon series by D.J. MacHale (science fiction)

The Underneath by Kati Appelt (fantasy)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (realistic fiction)

Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen (Historical Fiction)

Have You Been to the Beach Lately? by Ralph Fletcher(Poetry)

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (Classic)

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (Realistic Fiction)

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Huynh – (Autobiography)

The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash (Biography)

The Pinballs by Betsy Byars (Humorous Stories)

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (fiction)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – (Humorous Series)

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor (realistic fiction)

 Incoming 7th Grade Reading List

Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, 2007 Newbery Honor Book
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez – A Fiction
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (fantasy)
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm (fiction)
Esperanza Rising by Pan Muñoz Ryan (historical fiction)
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson (autobiography)
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (historical fiction)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (classic)
The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, 2008 Newbery Honor Book
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (realistic fiction)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey (non-fiction)
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Holt (realistic fiction

Incoming 8th Grade Reading List

Marie Curie: Giants of Science by Kathleen Krull
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (historical fiction)
Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction)
Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez (autobiography)
Cains by Lauie Halse Anderson (historical fiction)
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter (realistic fiction)
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (historical fiction)
So B. It by Sarah Weeks (fiction)
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life by Carmen Bernier-Grand (poetry)
The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and The Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (non-fiction)
The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell (historical fiction)
Messenger by Lois Lowry (companion to The Giver and Gathering Blue)
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare (classic

Incoming 9th Grade Reading List

Please check with the high school you will be attending for their summer reading list.  Thank you.


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